Publication: Claire L. Fishback

Please join Claire L. Fishback on June 29, 2019, 3pm-5pm at BookBar in Denver to celebrate the release of THE BLOOD OF SEVEN. There will be cake and beverages, and she will be giving away copies of her short story collection, LUMP.

4280 Tennyson Street
Denver, CO 80212


Appearances: Sue Hinkin & Mark Stevens


Sue Hinkin launches Low Country Blood, the 2nd book in the Vega & Middleton mystery/thriller series.

Mark Stevens, author and President of the Rocky Mountain Mystery Writers of America, launches of The Legend of Carl Draco, the 13th novel by the late Gary Reilly.

Join Mark and Sue for discussion, book signing, food, and bloody good wine giveaways!

2526 E. Colfax Avenue., Denver, CO
June 17th, Monday at 7:00 PM

Award Nominations: Shawn McGuire and Sandra Murphy

Original Secrets by Shawn McGuire narrated by Sandra Murphy has been nominated for Best Audiobook of the year in the UTOPiA awards.

Hidden Secrets by Shawn McGuire has been nominated for Best Mystery of the year in the UTOPiA awards.


For more information and to vote, please visit–QyP1PRnCYR65GJJ5URL3ZUMnMarP20WmV2yAMTr3tqZou3Rec#!/0.

Event: June Book Club

The Sisters in Crime-CO Book Club June reads include Low Country Blood by Sue Hinkin (Parker) and Foul Play on Words by Becky Clark (Fort Collins).

Free and open to the public. Just read the book of the month and come ready to chat with the author and other readers!

Please RSVP at our chapter Meetup! For more information, including specific dates, times, and locations, please visit

Hope you can join us, and bring your friends!

Field Trip: Tour the CBI Crime Lab (Second Chance!)

Due to popular demand, we have scheduled another trip to the Colorado Bureau of Investigations (CBI) Crime Lab! It is Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Please note: This is a dues paying chapter member benefit. Non-members can attend the tour for a $10 fee. If you decide to join our chapter afterwards, the $10 fee would be applied to the $20 membership dues. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here:

Please RSVP at:

Sisters-in-Crime will tour the lab, learning about the collection, preservation, and analysis of crime scene evidence.  Functions of the crime lab include:

  • Forensic Biology-analysis of body fluids / genetic material used for identification purposes
  • DNA
  • Fingerprints
  • Impression evidence, including footwear and tire tracks
  • Firearms evidence
  • Toolmarks- comparison of a specific weapon/tool to evidence found at the crime scene
  • Trace Chemistry- analysis of gunshot residue, fire debris, tape, textile fibers, metals, etc.
  • Toxicology- analysis of biological fluids for the presence of drugs/alcohol/poison

We will meet several experts across various disciplines with ample opportunities to ask questions.

A maximum of 30 people may attend so you MUST sign up in advance to ensure your spot. Please RSVP at:

The Crime Lab address/location is available through the chapter’s yahoo group listserv.

Please note: This is a dues paying chapter member benefit. Non-members can attend the tour for a $10 fee. If you decide to join our chapter afterwards, the $10 fee would be applied to the $20 membership dues. If you are interested in joining the Sisters in Crime-Colorado chapter, please find us here:

Event: Kathy Fish and Laura Manuel

Quarterly Chapter Meeting/Event:
June 8, 2019
Lone Tree Library, 10055 Library Way, Lone Tree, Colorado 80124 (303-791-READ)

9:30-10:00 am Welcome, Announcements

10:00 am-12:00 pm Kathy Fish: “Setting the Tone: Skills to Borrow from the Flash Fiction Toolbox”

Often under-utilized, tone is a very important aspect of any work of fiction. Setting the right tone enhances the reader’s experience by adding depth and resonance to the story. But you don’t want weigh down your stories (or worse, slow them down) with a lot of unnecessary description or exposition. So how to create a palpable tone in your scenes, stories, and novels? Flash fiction writer, Kathy Fish, demonstrates some tools of the microfiction genre that are uniquely useful for quickly and deftly setting tone.

12:00-1:00 pm Lunch (brown bag or visit nearby restaurants)

1:00-3:00 pm Laura Manuel: “Underutilized Forensic Evidence in Fiction”

Tired of firearms evidence? So done with fingerprints? Solve crimes with lesser known forensic details, and wreak havoc for your characters! This workshop will give the basics on glass evidence, soil evidence, diatoms, hair and fiber evidence, plant matter, and insects. Other questions welcome.

3:00-4:00 pm Board Meeting (all are welcome, location to be announced at the meeting)

Please feel free to come to either the morning or afternoon session if you cannot attend both.

Please RSVP at our Meetup Page:

About the Presenters:
Kathy FishKathy Fish is a core faculty member of the Mile High MFA at Regis University in Denver. Widely published, Fish’s stories have been anthologized in Best Small Fictions, Best American Nonrequired Reading 2018 and a forthcoming edition of The Norton Reader. Her fifth collection of flash fiction, Wild Life: Collected Works from 2003-2018 was recently released by Matter Press.

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Laura ManuelLaura Manuel was a police officer for over 21 years in Williamsburg, Virginia and Greeley, Colorado. She worked swing shift as she obtained an M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology. Laura taught Criminal Justice at Front Range Community College for about 20 years. She is currently the director of a Law Enforcement Academy at FRCC.


Please RSVP above. This event is funded and presented by Sisters in Crime-Colorado and is not sponsored by Douglas County Libraries. To request more information, please use our contact form.